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Seeing God’s power at work

Posted on Mon, May 06, 2019

It is the Lord!” (John 21:7b)

“Well that was sure a God thing!”

Have you ever heard someone use a phrase like that when they recognized that the situation just happened was clearly God doing something special?

sun-752227_1920You might as well use that to describe the situation surrounding our Bible verse for this week.  Jesus’ disciples had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything.  They come back to shore and there is this seeming mysterious stranger standing on shore who tells them to go back out and fish in the same spot on the other side of the boat and they catch so many fish their nets start to break.

As he surveys that whole situation, John realizes what is going on and shouts to Peter (the one who was always questioning things) the words of our verse for this week. He realizes that the “stranger” on the shore was Jesus and he realizes the miracle that Jesus had just worked.

We know God is always working and working for our good, but sometimes we clearly get to see his hand in our lives or the lives of those around us.  Have you had a situation where either you thought it or maybe said out loud “Well that was sure a God thing!” or something similar?

We know God strengthens our faith through his Word and the Sacraments, but at times he gives us those opportunities to clearly and unmistakably see his hand in our lives or see his power at work.  This will never bring a person to faith, but it may make a person receptive to listening to God’s Word or trusting in his promises.

Might you have an opportunity to point out such a situation to someone who maybe doesn’t know Jesus or doesn’t clearly trust him?  Perhaps God allows such a situation to happen for you to witness to your faith and how you see God working in your life.

Once again, we know God is always the one who guides and directs everything in our lives for his purpose and for our good.  Be thankful for those times when he clearly allows you or others to see it and give him praise and thanks!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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